Raging bull gores runner before trampling over his head in horrifying footage

A festival-goer was left with serious injuries after being hit by a raging bull and gored in front of screaming spectators.

The heavy-set man, 56, whose name was not revealed, was reportedly hospitalised with head injuries and a collapsed lung.

Video taken during the infamous Running of the Bulls event in Spain shows the man hanging from a narrow window ledge with other runners while the black bull runs beneath them.

As he grows tired, he lowers himself to the ground and the bull immediately locks him as a target.

He runs along the street but is soon hit at the back.

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The rampant beast flips into the air and tosses him like a rag doll as shocked villagers scream.

The man struggles to get up and is knocked out within seconds, but the bull continues its attack and repeatedly tramples on his body.

A number of runners join forces to distract the bull and pull the injured man to safety.

The incident was filmed during the town festival in honour of Saint Blaise in Benaocaz in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, and the footage was later widely shared on social media.

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The victim, who comes from the nearby town of Arcos, was admitted to the Hospital Comarcal Virgen Mountains in stable condition in the town of Villamartin, local media reported.

Reports said that the same bull injured another man on the same day, but he did not require hospital treatment.

The first event took place on February 2 at around 12.30pm without incident, but a second event at 5pm resulted in the two attacks, according to reports.

Bull running events have often faced calls to be banned by animal activist groups for the treatment of the creatures.

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